REVIEW

Fattoria di Vagli

A 17th-century farmhouse surrounded by fields of corn and sunflowers.

By Reid Bramblett, Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005, 4:13 PM

Fattoria di Vagli

About this Hotel

Price From $94

After two miles of dirt road winding through dense woods, a cypress-lined driveway leads to a 17th-century farmhouse surrounded by fields of corn, sunflowers, wheat, grapevines, and farro.

The Vagli farm is a family operation, with Carla Ferri in charge. Her mother works in the kitchen curing meats, making marmalades, and cooking for guests and the family.

Carla, meanwhile, looks after guests and the 10 rooms, furnished in a simple country style with hand-painted headboards and rough wooden beams.

The rooms on the ground floor have exposed stone walls and are a bit smaller, but the abundance of light from large windows makes them feel airy.

The suite with a fireplace costs $13 more, while the two units that share a bathroom cost $17 less—though those two also interconnect, so they're perfect for families.

There are four free bikes for guests, and the dining room walls are lined with topographical maps to help you plan hikes and rides throughout the region—or just within the woodlands that cover most of Vagli's 800 acres.

The grounds are so extensive, some guests never realize that there's a pool hidden in the fruit orchard.

Once a week, a member of the family takes guests on a tour of the farming operation, which produces figs, olives, dried pork, and more.

Rate includes breakfast.

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